12 Iconic Jack Kerouac Quotes.

Via Alex Myles
on Mar 12, 2015
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“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

Jack Kerouac is, in my opinion, the most iconic and inspirational writer of all time.

His ideology aligns almost perfectly with mine, with his leaning towards the traditions of Buddhism, his outside the box thinking, his wanderlust, his rebellion, his free thinking, his fascination with observing people and society, and his often idealistic views on how he perceived the world around him.

Kerouac continues to influence and greatly inspire generations today, despite his death being over 45 years ago.

The following are a few of his quotes that have affected me deeply and also the ones that I most strongly resonate with. I can almost touch the passion he felt for life through reading his words:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

“I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.”

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”

“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.”

“Forgive everyone for your own sins and be sure to tell them you love them which you do.”

“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that’s the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars selecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are red-hot and you can’t hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that’s all.”

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

And the one that resounds in me the most…

“So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labours, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.”

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Author: Alex Myles

Editor: Travis May

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person, for more info see https://loveandotherstuff.co The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. To purchase Alex’s book An Empath please click here or click here to connect with her on Facebook, or click here to join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people to connect.

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3 Responses to “12 Iconic Jack Kerouac Quotes.”

  1. wordbeeps says:

    Oh, most inspiring. I can see why he's so admired. I don't think this one should be left out. The famous wordsmith, Jack Kerouac, said, on several occasions in his life, "Pass the salt." At least once he looked in his fridge and said, "There's nothing to eat here." And let's not forget: "You have a cigarette on you?" These classic phrases are still used to this very day.

  2. Athena says:

    I would simply like to thank you for this wonderful article 🙂

  3. Scott says:

    Thank you Alex, and I hope it's good form to add this, one of my personal fav pieces of writing ever…

    Jack Kerouac
    "Letter to his ex-wife"

    "I have lots of things to teach you now,
    in case we ever meet,
    concerning the message that was transmitted to me
    under a pine tree in North Carolina
    on a cold winter moonlit night.

    It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry.
    It’s all like a dream.
    Everything is ecstasy, inside.
    We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds.
    But in our true blissful essence of mind is known
    that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.

    Close your eyes,
    let your hands and nerve-ends drop,
    stop breathing for 3 seconds,
    listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world,
    and you will remember the lesson you forgot,
    which was taught in immense milky ways
    of cloudy innumerable worlds
    long ago and not even at all.

    It is all one vast awakened thing.
    I call it the golden eternity.
    It is perfect.
    We were never really born,
    we will never really die.
    It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea
    of a personal self,
    other selves,
    many selves everywhere,
    or one universal self.

    Self is only an idea, a mortal idea.
    That which passes through everything, is one thing.
    It’s a dream already ended.
    There’s nothing from staring at mountains months on end.
    They never show any expression,
    they are like empty space.

    Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away.
    Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space,
    which is the one universal essence of mind,
    the one vast awakenerhood,
    empty and awake,
    will never crumble away because it was never born.

    The world you see is just a movie in your mind.
    Rocks dont see it.
    Bless and sit down.
    Forgive and forget.

    Practice kindness all day to everybody
    and you will realize you’re already
    in heaven now.
    That’s the story.
    That’s the message.
    Nobody understands it,
    nobody listens, they’re
    all running around like chickens with heads cut
    off. I will try to teach it but it will
    be in vain, s’why I’ll
    end up in a shack
    praying and being
    cool and singing
    by my woodstove
    making pancakes."

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